(July 1942)

Lev Gleason, 1942 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-04-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic House, Inc.
Brand
Published by Comic House Inc.
Editing
Charles Biro; Bob Wood
Color
Four color interiors; full color covers
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing, 1942, page 316, registration number B541075.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Charles Biro
Pencils
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Reprints
Keywords
bars; gambling; machine guns; playing cards; poker chips; revolvers

Crime Does Not Pay a Completely New Kind of Magazine (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lev Gleason (signed)
Letters
typeset

Reprints

The Real Story Behind Lepke, Mad Dog of the Underworld (Table of Contents: 2)

Crime Kings / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Lucey [as Lucey] (signed)
Inks
Harry Lucey
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (1897-1944); Nathan "Kid Dropper" Kaplin (1891-1923); Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro (1899-1947); Jacob "Little Augie" Orgen (1893-1927); I. "Danny Field" Friedman (died 1939); Irving Penn (c1897-1939); Louis Cohen (1904-1939)(unnamed in story)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is noted as "Disgrace to the Human Race" #1. Baby Faced Nelson is announced as "Disgrace to the Human Race" #2 appearing in the next issue.

Wild Bill Hickok (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
historical; western-frontier
Characters
Wild Bill Hickok (1837-1876); Tom Smith (1830-1870); John Wesley "Wes Harding" Hardin (1853-1895); Ben Thompson (1843-1884); Phil Cole (1839-1871); Mike Williams (died 1871)(appears here as Mike McWilliams)
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Indexer Notes

signature in lower right hand corner of splash page.

Next issue blurb promises the story of Pancho Villa.

Officer Edward Maher and the Mad Dog Killers of Fifth Avenue (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Volp
Inks
Frank Volp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
The Esposito Brothers
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Volp is credited on this series by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the artwork here, with marked, bony cheeks and mouth often rendered in two short lines, can be found in his signed London stories in Daredevil Comics #9 and 10 (Lev Gleason).

The Saga of Harpshead Road (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Charles Biro ?
Pencils
Carl Hubbell [as Hub] (signed)
Inks
Carl Hubbell [as Hub] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Hamilton ?

Genre
crime
Characters
Big Harp (dies)
Reprints

Two-Legged Rats (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Inks
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Jon Overs (dies)
Reprints

The Mad Musician and His Tunes of Doom (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood ?
Pencils
George Tuska ?
Inks
George Tuska ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Hamilton ?

Genre
crime
Characters
Zilla (dies)
Reprints

Hollywood's Panther Man, the Jersey Devil (Table of Contents: 8)

Crime Corner / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Reprints

The Case of the Twisted Cigarettes (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Pencils
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Inks
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Dick Williams
Reprints

The Blackout Murder Mystery (Table of Contents: 10)

Be a Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Norman Maurer ?
Inks
Norman Maurer ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The solution appears on the last page of the War Eagle story.

[The Bond Drive] (Table of Contents: 11)

Dickie Dean / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Montana ?
Pencils
Bob Montana (signed)
Inks
Bob Montana (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Bob Montana cameo
Reprints

Indexer Notes

War Bond promo

Cilicia (Table of Contents: 12)

Stamps / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sidney M. Elias

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Stamp column with stamp ads.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

The War Eagle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Alan Mandel ?
Pencils
Alan Mandel (signed)
Inks
Alan Mandel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Steel grey wings over America...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The War Eagle [Bill Reed] (introduction); Mrs. Reed (Bill's mother); Bonnie (Bill's sweetheart); Roger Currians; Klein (crew member on S.S. Atlantic, death); Kelly (watchman); Mike (Policeman); The Wrench (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Although struck down with infantile paraylsis, wealthy Bill Reed, after being put down by a college rival for his sweetheart's hand, develops a set of wings, and, over a period of two years, perfects them and is able to walk again. He dedicates his life to serving mankind: foiling hijackers, rounding up public enemies, and so on until a foe emerges called the Wrench, who had suffered injuries from grabbing an incendiary bomb in the 1st World War, and who threatens the S.S. Atlantic.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Express; S.S. Atlantic; The Tabloid

Indexer Notes

Only appearance of the War Eagle.

The solution to the "Blackout Murder Mystery", found elsewhere in the issue, is found at the bottom of page 10.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Crime Does Not Pay a Completely New Kind of Magazine
  3. 2. The Real Story Behind Lepke, Mad Dog of the Underworld
    Crime Kings
  4. 3. Wild Bill Hickok
  5. 4. Officer Edward Maher and the Mad Dog Killers of Fifth Avenue
  6. 5. The Saga of Harpshead Road
  7. 6. Two-Legged Rats
  8. 7. The Mad Musician and His Tunes of Doom
  9. 8. Hollywood's Panther Man, the Jersey Devil
    Crime Corner
  10. 9. The Case of the Twisted Cigarettes
  11. 10. The Blackout Murder Mystery
    Be a Detective
  12. 11. [The Bond Drive]
    Dickie Dean
  13. 12. Cilicia
    Stamps
  14. 13. ["Steel grey wings over America..."]
    The War Eagle
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